National Association of Resident Doctors has declared five days of warning strike which started yesterday, 11 May to protest what it called “remuneration injustice.” NARD president Dr Muhammad Askira said at a press briefing in Abuja that its negotiations with government representatives were not satisfactory after President Muhammadu Buhari’s assurance that their demands would be met. “There are some processes still ongoing in resolving the impasse. Efforts so far made by government has not yet met our demands with respect to doctors’ pay and residency training,” he said. Their grievances include non payment of December salaries of doctors at Federal hospitals including UBTH, UCH and LUTH and non implementation of new entry steps for house officers. The strike is bound t
In a rare medical feat, the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, OAUTH, Ile Ife, Osun State, has carried successful paediatric open-heart surgeries on six children including five with holes in the heart. The children, who are from various parts of the country including Ilesa and Ikire in Osun State, Akure (Ondo State), Warri (Delta State), Offa (Kwara State) and Port-Harcourt (Rivers State), had the surgeries performed on them between Tuesday, April 26 and Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Chief Medical Director, OAUTH, Professor Victor Adetiloye, who disclosed this to Vanguard said another 20 children are already slated for June-July 2016 for open heart surgeries, which for now, the hospital hopes to perform routinely, at least quarterly. “This is an accomplishment of
• Body suspends disbursement to NACA, NMEP • Agencies adopt new measures to address systemic weaknesses in country’s health system Contrary to some reports, the Global Funds for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has not stopped its grants to fight the diseases in Nigeria. But it admitted suspending disbursement to the principal recipients, the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP). In a statement, the Executive Director of Global Funds, Mark Dybul, noted: “…After learning the audit report’s specifics on weaknesses at two federal agencies in Nigeria, the Global Fund suspended all disbursements to both of them: NACA and NMEP. The Global Fund also executed an Additional Safeguards Policy….” The Global Fund exists to end t
Care givers, parents and paediatrics staff of hospitals can now heave a sigh of relief because the days of struggling with children while administering anti-malaria drugs on them are over following the arrival of Zeramal TS anti-malaria drug into the Nigerian market. Zeramal TS, an ingenious innovation from Kuka Consumer Healthcare Limited a subsidiary of KCH Group, a company renowned for quality and affordable pharmaceutical drug products in Nigeria, is designed to assist children swallow anti-malaria tablets with minimum disgust. In an interview with the Superintendent Pharmacist of KCH, Pharm. Chris Ukah, told PharmaTimes in Lagos, that “The product is the manifestation of in-depth thought and research by the KCH Group in our desire to meet the hopes of our numerous customers across t
Staff and students of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical sciences, University of port-Harcourt, in honour of Prof. Udeala recently organised a Send-off ceremony to wish him well as he retires from active service. Professor Udeala, who is a former Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) (1992-1995), is seen and known to be the Father of Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Technology in Nigeria by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry and in the health sector. Udeala, a professor of pharmacy, was the first alumnus to be appointed Vice Chancellor of the institution. The occasion which was held at the Prestigious Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, UNN with Professor Emeritus Nimi D. Briggs - former VC University of Port-Harcourt as the Chairman of occasion, and Prof. M. U. Adikw...
Lagos State Government, yesterday, approved the development of a medical park worth N49 billion to improve healthcare experience and promote medical tourism. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, disclosed this at a news conference in Ikeja He said the park would be sited at the former Lagos State School of Nursing in Ikoyi, Lagos. Idris said approval had been given to Medipark International Ltd. Consortium, US to develop, construct, manage and operate the medical park. He also added that the consortium was short- listed from 16 companies that responded to an expression of interest. The commissioner said the park would be first of its kind in Nigeria when completed. “It is a joint venture arrangement with the state government; the bulk of the money is coming from the consor
The success of the pharmaceutical industry can be considered a gift or a curse. It is a gift because it means the industry is doing well and providing products that help patients manage their wellness and health. On the other hand, success may hide data that can lend itself to improvements for drug efficacy and safety. Data is a great asset to the pharmaceutical industry because it enables these companies to operate at a higher level of efficiency than they normally would. Our CEO, Dr. Ashifi Gogo, recently published an article on the World Economic Forum website discussing the effects of small data on business decision-making. This article touched on the benefits of acquiring small data and combining it with big data to make strategic business decisions. Data, whether big or small, can m...
The Federal Government on Tuesday directed medical doctors to treat emergencies including gun-shot victims without requesting police clearance or other restraints. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the directive at the swearing-in of 342 foreign trained medical doctors and six dentistry graduates in Abuja. The foreign graduates were successful in the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) assessment held from April 6 to 8, which enables them to practice in the country. Mr. Adewole urged them to treat patients on emergency before asking for money, adding that life is more precious than money. He further advised them to continually practice within the limit of their competence and imbibe global best practice to better their lots in the profession. “Hospital
In its continued efforts to rid the nation of fake and unwholesome products, officials of National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, recently raided some drug markets in the country in search of unregistered Teva Amlodipine and Lisinopril currently in circulation in the country. As at press time it could not be confirmed if arrests were made in connection with the operation but a highly placed official of the agency who confirmed the raid said that NAFDAC is determined to flush counterfeiters and merchants of fake drugs out of Nigeria. The source further said that the agency had strengthened its surveillance strategy to monitor activities of counterfeiters in Nigeria adding that hard time awaits those who would be apprehended for promoting fake drugs in the countr...
Dr. Francis Ashibudike Idebolo is a medical practitioner working and residing in Lagos. Recently PharmaTimes Reporter, GLORY OKPE was at his office in Lekki to have a chat with him on issues that border on health and healthy living. Excerpts: In recent times, there have been quite a good number of incidents where people, especially young people collapse and die suddenly. What in your opinion is responsible for this worrisome trend? Do you think it has a direct link to hypertension? Yes, of course. In recent times, you’ll agree with me that in our environment for example, lots of people do not go for medical checkups; they don’t check their blood pressure, they don’t exercise, and they don’t do anything physically active. Sometimes, they have high tendencies to developing hypertension.
* Researchers say content are below WHO/FAO permissible limits, safe for consumption Two independent studies have shown that most polyherbal preparations sold in Lagos State are of poor microbiological standards which may be due to poor sanitary and inappropriate hygienic measures; and that the heavy metals content of most poly-herbals sold in Lagos State are below World Health Organisation (WHO)/Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) permissible limits and are safe for consumption. The researchers are from the departments of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Science Laboratory Technology, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. The first study titled “Microbial Load of Some Polyherbal Products from Lagos State, Nigeria” was published in International Journal of Ethnobi
In Nigeria it is a common phenomenon - that when people are about to develop or construct in a new site, they just move in and clear away everything in sight such as trees. Going into most (newly developed) estates the usual experience is that if it happens to be on a sunny day that you are strolling into one of such places, the sun will smite you right from the gate until you arrive at your destination, and ditto for a rainy day. This is because you will not find any tree shade or shelter under which to take refuge. The habit of cutting down every ‘living thing’ on the path of construction should stop because it only goes to show a lack of aesthetic sense, as well as plain ignorance regarding the value of plants to mankind. Apart from the numerous benefits (outdoor) plants give to us,
The National Assembly is asking for a special funding package for the health sector in 2017 budget. The legislative body declared its support for a report by the National Institute for Legislative Study (NILS) which demanded a special funding for maternal and child health in the 2017 budget. It advised the Federal Government among others, to make provision for resources towards training healthcare workers across the country as a means of improving health care services in Nigeria. The position of the National Assembly was conveyed at the presentation of a research report on Government Funding Obligations on Child and Family Health by the NILS to the Senate and House Committees on National Planning and Economic Affairs, Health, and Appropriations. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Na
As designated by the FIP Council several years ago at the FIP Congress in Istanbul, 25 September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. FIP encourages the world’s pharmacists to use this day to organize activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. “Pharmacists: Caring for you” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day. “This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care to the public, and also to highlight the emotional connection they have with their patients. The role of pharmacists has evolved from that of a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care. Pharmacists have a vital role in the outcome of pharmacological therapies and ultimately strive to improv
The National Universities Commission has declared that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the university. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie made the declaration in a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State. In a lecture titled ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges‘, Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development was imperative in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession. He said the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend the first four years in studying ba